Giving Groups: Circus
By Radford Reporter, Oliver Johnstone
Circus, a Giving Group led by Mrs Sally Stenning, is a group that aims to give back to the Radford Community in a variety of ways. The students are learning a range of circus activities, including juggling, balancing, clowning and magic. The group is working towards a performance at the Radford Fête – an annual event that takes place in early November – as a way of showcasing the impressive skills they are learning. When asked what the end goal of the group was, Mrs Stenning said: “To use their skills and talents to entertain the wider Radford community” and also “Learn to work collaboratively on a shared project”.
When students were asked what they enjoyed about the group they said:
“I like the freedom of it. There’s the ability for people to do what they want, but in a controlled environment.”
“It’s free and self-directed, and it gives me the chance for me to do something I do outside of school at school.”
“I like the sense of community and the fact that it is a break to learning.”
Students were then asked a more thought-provoking question: What do you hope to get out of it as an individual? Here are some of their responses:
“I would like to get a sense of compassion out of it, and the ability to give back to the school community.”
“I want the opportunity to work with other people and develop my creative skills.”
“I would like to get to know Radford better.”
In this Giving Group, there appears to be a resounding sense of enjoyment and freedom. Additionally, the students are clearly growing as individuals through their experiences in the Group, as they learn to work with others and build their creativity. The performance at the Fête, on Saturday 2 November, is undoubtedly an event to look forward to.